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Vic Teachers, have you checked out DET’s G Suite for Education yet?

It's time for Victorian students and teachers to forget local storage and move to a powerful cloud-based collaborative environment like G Suite for Education. I hope more Victorian State Schools recognise the benefits. If they do, the relatively slow uptake of Chromebooks in Victoria will change pace too. Together, the G Suite/Chromebook combination makes for a powerful and inexpensive workhorse for teachers and students.

Thanks +Kelly Moore for an informative and motivating session on G Suite for Education in Bendigo today. It’s great to see that Victoria’s Department of Education and Training has now made a comprehensive version of G Suite for Education available to state schools. After starting with a stripped down version a couple of years ago, gradually adding components, DET now offers a version that is comprehensive enough to make it an attractive option for schools to use instead of a school managed G Suite for Education instance. The added value in reduced administrative load, greater protection for student privacy and superior legal protection in DET’s offering now seems to outweigh the greater flexibility offered by school managed G Suite for Education domains.

http://fuse.education.vic.gov.au/?WZ2T9H
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Chromebooks Keep Getting Better - Top Pics for 2018

Here is UK based +Dan Grabham's list of best Chromebooks for 2018.

My sister has the number two Chromebook on this list to use at home, and she loves it. So much cheaper than the Pixel at number one! The students at Chewton Primary School, one of my local schools, use this Acer 11 Chromebook's predecessor and it's proved both great value and much less trouble than the school's Windows notebooks. I wish more Australian schools would recognise the benefits of these amazing education workhorses.

https://www.pocket-lint.com/laptops/buyers-guides/143906-best-chromebook
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Melbourne TeachTechPlay Conference

An opportunity worth checking out for Victorian teachers. #TTPlay
Excited to have +Kasey Bell coming to Melbourne for 2018 #TTPlay Conference
12 & 13 April
teachtechplay.com/conference
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Chromebooks - Australian schools seeing the light?

Australian schools and education authorities have generally been slow to recognise the benefits of Chromebooks - fast, cheap, trouble-free devices designed especially for our connected world. Chromebooks don't do everything a student needs, but add students' own smartphones into the mix and most of the gaps are plugged. Good to see the ACT is on board with all Canberra public secondary school students getting these great education workhorses to help their studies in 2018.
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Handy Update for G Suite Admins

Restore deleted users window extended to 20 days.
Super admins now have a window of 20 days to restore a deleted user. goo.gl/LUWERP
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Multiple Correct Answers in Quizzes ...

... with Google Forms. Handy! Thanks for sharing +Eric Curts​.
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Handy Tips for G Suite for EDU Users

Great resources for teachers recommended by +Shelly Sanchez Terrell (as usual).
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Important update for G Suite for EDU users

"Drive File Stream is a new desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive files on demand, directly from your computer, meaning you use almost none of your hard drive space and spend less time waiting for files to sync."
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PD is an essential ingredient.

Smart move by Albuquerque Public School officials. Effective professional learning is a prerequisite for the effective use of powerful tools like G Suite for Education.
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